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Dedicated to Your Success

Kent State University works hard to help students like you achieve their dream of earning a degree. Everyone is welcomed – and embraced – for who they are, as they are encouraged to become all they can be. Kent State is committed to providing access to quality education for students of all races and ethnicities, from all beliefs and identities - including students with the greatest financial need.

Our inclusive campus environment values and celebrates diversity in our students and faculty.

Award-winning programs support your success every step of the way to graduation – and beyond!

Our tuition guarantee program locks in tuition, room and meal costs for 4 years.
79% of our students come from Ohio. 21% come from out of state.
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First-Year Student Class Profile
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While an accurate picture of a typical student, Kent State takes a more holistic view of our applicants. We consider many factors beyond grade point average and test scores, including the strength of college preparatory courses and grade trends.

*Range based upon the middle 50% of the incoming first-year student class.

Michael Cline
Raleigh, NC
“As flight students, we all end up looking at a lot of the same schools around the country. But, when I came to Kent State, I felt like it had everything I needed. Kent State has definitely equipped me with everything I need to enjoy my experience while I’m here, but also be prepared for the future.”
Michael Cline, Aeronautics Major
Brian Malby
Healthcare Administration
Cleveland, OH
“It feels really good to know that I am about to accomplish something that no one else in my family has accomplished before. I was an exploratory student and that program really geared me to take different classes to help me figure out what I liked and help push me in the right direction.”
Brian Malby, Healthcare Administration Major
Jenna Palek
New brand development manager at TikTok
“Kent State’s fashion school has fully prepared me for a career in the industry. The professors at Kent are invested in your success not only professionally but personally as well.”
Jenna Palek, Fashion Merchandising Major

What sets Us apart



  • Our students come from 99 countries around the world.
  • The university celebrates all identities, ethnicities and origins through the Student Multicultural Center, the LGBTQ+ Center and many student organizations.
  • Kent State offers more than 200 education-abroad options.
  • We have a 5.0 perfect score as an LGBTQ-Friendly Campus. (Campus Pride Index)
  • Kent State is ranked as one of the 20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Autism. (Best Value Schools)


Listed in the top 100 national public universities. U.S. News & World Report
Recently ranked as the safest big college campus in Ohio. 25th Safest nationally.
One of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges. The Princeton Review.
Voted Best College Dining Experience. College Rank.


Kent State offers students the perfect balance of large-university resources on a walkable, scenic campus that is just steps away from a vibrant college town.

Plus, Kent is just a short drive from two major metropolitan areas – Akron and Cleveland – offering airports, major league sporting events, performing arts venues, museums and a world-class orchestra.

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Kent State’s School of Information is ranked #19 in the nation
Kent State’s Fashion School is ranked 5th in the nation.
KSU produces more nurses in the state of Ohio than any other program
Our economics major is ranked in the top 25 in the nation by best college review.


Transformational learning includes hands-on work. Every program blends classroom instruction with hands-on, career-authentic experiences and networking opportunities. In fact, you may be able to participate in research projects as a freshman!

We’re proud of our unique programs and partnerships – everything from esports to design innovation and our internationally renowned Kent Blossom Music Festival with The Cleveland Orchestra.

  • Our Honors College leads the nation with 9 Portz Scholars recognized for outstanding undergraduate honors research theses.
  • More than 70% of our faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields of study.
students studying at Kent State University
students studying at Kent State University
J.D. Ponder
Assistant Professor
Communication Studies

“The role of higher education is to remove as many barriers as possible. We realize now more than ever that we need to meet our students where they are. It’s so important; that’s why I do what I do.

“There are lots of opportunities at Kent State. And more importantly, there are people here that care deeply about you, even if we haven’t met you.”

MORE THAN 280 MAJORS To Choose From

Our academic programs are constantly evolving to keep up with a changing world and to prepare students for today’s most in-demand careers. Visit for the most up-to-date program list.

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Adolescent/Young Adult Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Advertising
  • Aeronautical Systems Engineering Technology
  • Aeronautics
    • air traffic control
    • Professional Pilot
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Operations
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Air Traffic Control (See "Aeronautics")
  • American Sign Language
  • American Sign Language/ English Interpreting
  • Anthropology – Cultural (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Anthropology (Bachelor of Science)
  • Applied Engineering
    • foundry technology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Architectural Studies (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Architecture
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Biology (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Biology (Bachelor of Science)
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Chemistry (Bachelor of Science)
  • Classics
    • GREEK
    • LATIN
    • Religion Studies
  • Communication Studies
    • Applied Communication
    • Communication Studies
    • Global Communication
    • Media and Society
    • Relational and Workplace Communication
  • Community Health Education
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Computer Science (Bachelor of Science)
    • Data Engineering
    • Game Programming
    • Information Security
    • Robotic and Embedded Systems
  • Construction Management
  • Criminology and Justice Studies
    • Corrections
    • Criminology And Deviance
    • General — Criminology And Justice Studies
    • Justice And Human Relations
    • Law And Society
    • Policing
    • Victimology
  • Cybersecurity Engineering
  • Dance
  • Dance Studies
  • Digital Media Production
    • Digital Film and Television
  • Early Childhood Education (Age 3-Grade 3)
  • Earth Science (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Earth Science (Grades 7-12)
  • Economics
  • Electronics (See "Applied Engineering")
  • Emerging Media and Technology
  • Engineering Technology
    • Computer Design, Animation And Game Design
  • English
    • General
    • literature
    • professional writing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental and Conservation Biology
    • Conservation Biology
    • Environmental Policy And Management
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise Science
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Exercise Specialist
    • Pre-Physical/ Occupational Therapy/Podiatric Medicine
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance
  • Flight Technology (See "Aeronautics- Professional Pilot")
  • French
  • General Business
  • Geography
    • Environmental Geography
    • Geographic Information Science
    • Social Geography
  • Geology (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Geology (Bachelor of Science)
    • Environmental Geology
  • German
  • Graphic Design (See "Visual Communication Design")
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Development/ Family Studies
    • Case Management For Individuals And Families
    • Child And Youth Development
    • Family Life Education
    • Gerontology
    • Human Services Technology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Integrated Health Studies
    • Health Care Administration And Systems
    • Health Sciences
    • Health Services
  • Integrated Language Arts (Grades 7-12)
  • Integrated Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
  • Integrated Science (Grades 7-12)
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • Life Science
    • Physics
  • Integrated Social Studies (Grades 7-12)
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
  • Interior Design
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Justice Studies (See "Criminology and Justice Studies")
  • Life Science (Grades 7-12)
  • Life Science/Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
  • Long-Term Care Administration
  • Managerial Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Mathematics (Bachelor of Science)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering Technology
  • Medical Technology
  • Middle Childhood Education (Grades 4-9)
    • Language Arts/ Mathematics
    • Language Arts/Science
    • Mathematics/Social Studies
    • Mathematics/SCIENCE
    • Social Studies/ Language Arts
    • Social Studies/ Science
  • Multi-Age Education Licensure Program (Grades 7-12)
    • Art Education
    • Foreign Languages
    • Music Education
    • Physical Education
    • School Health Education
    • Teaching English As A Second Language
  • Music (Bachelor of Arts)
    • Contemporary Popular Music
    • Jazz Studies
  • Music (Bachelor of Music)
    • Composition
    • Instrumental performance
    • Piano Performance
    • Voice Performance
  • Music Education
    • Choral — General
    • instrumental
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Pan-African Studies
    • Community Activism, Strategy And Development
    • Global And Government Systems
    • Race, Sex And Gender
    • The Arts In Culture And Society
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education and Sport Performance
    • Health And Physical Education
    • Physical Activity And Sports
    • Performance
    • Physical Education Licensure
  • Physical Sciences (Grades 7-12)
  • Physics (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Physics (Bachelor of Science)
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Applied Physics
    • Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematical Physics
    • Computer Science
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Pre-Medicine/ Pre-Osteopathy/ Pre-Podiatry
    • Research
  • Political Science
    • American Politics
    • General
    • International Relations- Comparative Politics
    • Public Policy
  • Pre-Dentistry*
  • Pre-Engineering*
  • Pre-Law**
  • Pre-Medicine/ Pre-Osteopathy*
  • Pre-Pharmacy*
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine*
  • Psychology (Bachelor of Arts)
    • Child Psychology
    • Counseling Careers
  • Psychology (Bachelor of Science)
    • Child Psychology
    • Pre-Medicine/ Pre-Podiatry
  • Public Health
    • Allied Health
    • Clinical Trials Research
    • Community Health Outreach and Development
    • Global Health
    • Health Services Administration
    • Pre-medicine/ Dentistry/ Osteopathy
  • Public Relations
  • Radio Television (See “Digital Media Production”)
  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Management
    • park recreation
    • recreation management
    • tourism management
  • Russian Literature, Culture and Translation
  • School Health Education
    • Health and Physical Education
  • Sociology
    • cultural sociology
    • family and life course sociology
    • general
    • medical sociology
    • social inequalities
    • social problems, deviance and crime
    • sociological social psychology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
    • Deaf Education
    • Mild to Intensive Dual License
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Sport Administration
  • Sports Medicine
  • Studio Art
    • Ceramics
    • Drawing
    • Glass
    • Jewelry, Metals And Enameling
    • Painting
    • Print Media And Photography
    • Sculpture and expanded media
    • Textiles
  • Teacher Licensure
    • Art Education
    • Asl/English Interpreting
    • Deaf Education
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Earth Science
    • French
    • German
    • Integrated Language Arts
    • Integrated Mathematics
    • Integrated Science
    • Integrated Social Studies
    • Life Science
    • Life Science/ Chemistry
    • Middle Childhood Education
    • Mild to Intensive Dual License
    • Music Education
    • Physical Education
    • Physical Science
    • School Health Education
    • Spanish
    • Teaching English As A Second Language
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Theatre Studies (Bachelor of Arts)
    • Performance
    • Production
    • Theatre and Society
    • Theatre Management
  • Theatre Studies (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
    • Musical Theatre
    • Theatre Design, Technology and Production
  • Translation (Arabic, French, German, Russian, Spanish)
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Zoology

* Requires a primary major.

** This minor must be paired with a major.

It Feels Like Home.”

Again and again students say our comfortable, welcoming campus “feels like home.”

You’ll find everything you need and so many fun things to do!

More than 6,500 students live on campus.
Dining options - 24/7
State-of-the-art Recreation Center
More than 400 student organizations on campus.

Kent State Athletics

  • Kent State is part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and has 17 Division 1 teams.
  • Students get free admission to all regular season home games.
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Flash, Kent State's Mascot

7 men’s teams

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track & Field
  • Wrestling

10 women’s teams

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Field Hockey
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball



Invest In Your Bright Future

Everyone at Kent State is dedicated to your success. We offer award-winning study support and tutoring for your classes, plus career counseling, internship placement and other resources to help you succeed after graduation.

Our Kent State alumni family is more than 257,000 strong worldwide. Everyone knows someone who went to Kent State.

Our accomplished alumni include astronaut Carl Walz and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Connie Schultz – who now teaches at Kent State! We have some famous alums too, such as NFL greats Antonio Gates and Julian Edelman, and TV host Steve Harvey.

93% of freshmen typically receive financial aid.
$61 Million+ in scholarships to incoming freshmen.
$400 million in financial aid to 31,000+ students.
Samuel Graska, ’17, M.B.A. ’18
Ariella Yager, ’18
Justin Gleason, ’16, M.B.A. ’18, M.Arch ’18
Inventors of smartphone cases that dispense vital medication
“LaunchNET gave us the resources, connections and hands-on education needed for us to soar. I don’t know if there are enough words or the right words to truly explain how deeply they’ve changed our lives, and the lives of many, for the better.”
Alumnus inventors; Samuel Graska, Ariella Yager and Justin Gleason
Julian Edelman, ’19
Integrative Studies | Redwood City, CA
New England Patriots Wide Receiver: Super Bowl LIII MVP
“I learned so much from my time at Kent. The experiences I had there definitely helped shape me into the player and person I am today.”
Julian Edelman, Alumnus and Super Bowl MVP


  • Each year, more than 10,000 students graduate from Kent State.
  • 87% of our graduates are successfully employed or continuing their education full time within one year of graduation.
  • You’ll find Kent State graduates working in successful careers around the world for companies like Cleveland Clinic, Ernst & Young, The J.M. Smucker Company, Kohl’s, Progressive Insurance and Sherwin-Williams.
Locations on and around the Kent Campus

You'll love What You See

So many of our students say they knew Kent State was the right place for them the very first time they visited campus.

so many ways to visit!

VIRTUAL TOUR: Take a look around campus online and learn about student life at Kent State.

DAILY VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSIONS: Whether you’re an admitted student or just beginning your college search, these online information sessions can answer your questions. Register online.

CAMPUS TOURS: Created for students and parents, your tour begins with a 30-minute presentation and continues with a 90-minute walking tour to explore campus life. Call the admissions office or register online.

Locations on and around the Kent Campus

Apply Now – Here's How

Apply to Kent State University today!

Your future at Kent State starts with a simple application. Each year we search for students with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to challenge and support each other on our campus. Kent State takes a holistic approach to the application review process. We review each applicant based on several factors, including classroom performance in core academic courses, strength of high school curriculum and cumulative GPA. While admission is selective, each applicant will be considered on an individual basis.

application checklist

  • Submit an online application using the Kent State application or the Common Application.
    Kent Application
    Common App Application
  • Pay the $50 application fee or request a fee waiver.
  • Submit your most recent high school transcript to Kent State University.
  • SAT and ACT scores are not required for first-year students applying for fall 2021. You can indicate on your application if you would like us to consider test scores when reviewing your application.

When to apply

  • Application for fall semester opens Aug. 1.
  • Applications completed by Nov. 1 receive priority admissions consideration and automatic scholarship review by Nov. 30.
  • Applications completed by Feb. 1 receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review by Feb. 28.
  • After Feb. 1, fall admission and scholarship consideration are offered on a space-available basis.

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